Hold That Tiger?

OK. So I upgraded to Mac OS X Tiger last night, at work and at home. And while it’s probably a bit early for me to offer anything in the way of a review, a couple of things jumped out at me right away.

By far, my favorite feature right now is the Dashboard and its widgets. I spent some time last night downloading widgets I think might come in handy. I’m not sure which ones are my favorites yet. I’ll have to spend some time using them before I can say.

I’m impressed with the improvements in Mail too; enough that I’m giving it a test run as my default email program. For starters, it looks more like other email programs, now that mailboxes, etc., are on fixed on the left side of the window instead of in a “drawer” on the right. Second, I love the new “smart mailboxes” that work much like the smart playlists in iTunes. You can organize your email and make things easier to find without having to sort it into folders, or do a search everytime you want to find something. (The smart mailboxes, though, are driven by the new Spotlight feature, which is one I haven’t specifically tried out yet.)

Then there’s the new Safari, probalby my only complaint about Tiger. Despite the new features, I’m still somewhat underwhelmed with it. For starters, WordPress acts very weired in the new Safari. I lost my formatting buttons in the posting screen, and the quick tags or “hot keys” don’t work either. Finally, I don’t find it all that fast. Three times this morning I had to quit and restart Safari in order to load anything, and forget loading two or more tabs simulaneously. Thus, I’m writing this post using Firefox.

I need a good, dependable, user friendly RSS reader. I also tried using Safari’s new RSS function, which has some nice features, but I’ve found there no good way of getting the 200+ RSS feeds I monitor daily into Safari—thatis, other than manually, and I don’t have time for that. (It is impressive, however, for an OS to ship with an RSS reader.) So, again it’s back to Firefox and the Sage plugin. For what I need, I haven’t found a better browser than Firefox. That still doesn’t quite deal with my need to monitor a large number of RSS feeds from (at least) two different computers. So, it may be time to go back to Bloglines, or find some other online RSS service. At this point, I might even be willing to pay for it.

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6 Responses to Hold That Tiger?

  1. John says:

    I love the RSS features in Safari, but was disappointed that there’s no OPML import – that would have made it easier to transition over to using it full-time. (I did it manually, gradually, and yes, it was a pain.)

  2. Cherokee says:

    I’m not sure what features you’re looking for in a RSS reader, but have you tried NetNewsWire?

  3. Terrance says:

    I also noticed Tiger made me identify my keyboard again when I went to login this morning. Hopefully that’s the only time I’ll have to do that.

  4. Justin says:

    Two things for you:

    1) I never knew you wanted your mail folders on the left. In Panther, you can move the drawer to the left side.

    2) I would look into NetNewsWire; I switched back after using NewsFire for a couple months and was using the 2.x beta. The final came out yesterday, and it syncs with your Bloglines account so you can use both. Maybe we can try it out at the office.

  5. John says:

    Syncs with Bloglines? oooo, you have me interested.

    The best thing about RSS in Safari is that there’s only one app, and less clicking back and forth when people have feeds that don’t contain entire articles (one of my little peeves).

    But I have to say the bloglines synching thing has me interested in netnewswire

    Terrance – bluetooth keyboard? I had no ID issues when I upgraded, but bluetooth is finicky that way I have found. Or are you talking about something totally different?

  6. Andy says:

    The new version (2.0) of NetNewsWire came out the other day. And it supports both Bloglines, and syncing between computers (both with and *without* .Mac).

    And it has Smart Subscriptions, too — (“All posts from all feeds containing ‘gay rights'” for instance).

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